Working with the HSA
If you’re looking for a career where you can make a real difference, a career with the potential for enormous personal satisfaction, then a role with the Health and Safety Authority might be for you.
All staff, regardless of their specific job, work towards achieving our goal of “healthy, safe and productive lives”. We make a difference and we’re proud of what we do. Every day brings different challenges and opportunities.
What type of roles do we offer?
The roles in the Authority are as varied as our broad remit which covers all sectors of the economy and business types ranging from self-employed to multinational corporations. A large proportion of our staff work as inspectors in the areas of compliance, chemicals, policy development and market surveillance. Inspectors can have a broad role which will include many sectors such as construction, agriculture, manufacturing, bio tech, pharma chemical, healthcare and retail or be more specialised such as in chemicals (COMAH - Control of Major Accident Hazards involving Dangerous Substances).
Compliance inspectors operate at the frontline of the Authority’s work and make a real difference to people’s working lives. They visit workplaces to help improve safety, health and welfare standards by direct engagement with managers and employees. Compliance inspectors motivate people to take action, explain requirements in a simple and clear way and, where necessary, undertake enforcement action. Compliance inspectors also have an important role in investigating serious accidents and fatalities with the purpose of preventing reoccurrence and where necessary taking prosecutions.
Inspectors can have more specialised roles including protecting human health and the environment from risks arising from the manufacture and use of chemicals. Specialist roles may either be policy or compliance based. A chemical inspector may also be involved in the evaluation or assessment of scientific studies or technical information to determine if a chemical is safe for consumers or workers.
Policy inspectors are generally office-based and work on developing policy and guidance on a wide range of topics. This could include working on new legislation or drafting a Code of Practice to assist a particular industry sector. Policy inspectors and compliance inspectors work very closely to ensure the final deliverable is of the required quality. Policy inspectors also engage closely with stakeholders both nationally and at EU level within the sector or on the topic they deal with.
Inspectors may also be assigned to a market surveillance role where we have responsibility for market surveillance in a number of areas including machinery, lifts, personal protective equipment and chemicals. The role involves assessing how manufacturers meet the EU standards and requirements for placing their products on the market.
Many of our staff work in corporate roles such as Information Technology, Marketing and Communications, Education, Human Resources, Finance and Facilities Management. Some of these roles require a close working relationship with our policy and compliance inspectors. They are essential for the smooth functioning of our organisation and play a crucial role in raising awareness, changing attitudes and influencing behaviour with a view to achieving our overall goals.
Benefits of a Career with the HSA
Regardless of your role, we’re committed to providing ongoing learning and development opportunities so that you can develop to your full potential. Staff are actively encouraged to pursue further education opportunities through our Refund of Fees Scheme.
A healthy work-life balance is important to us and we recognise this by offering a comprehensive range of work-life balance options such as flexible working hours and a wide variety of special leave options. We also provide access to the Cycle to Work Scheme and the Tax Saver Scheme.
We have a comprehensive staff occupational health and wellbeing programme including an Employee Assistance Programme, health screening, health and nutrition advice and wellbeing talks.
New staff will also be members of the Single Public Service Pension Scheme which applies to all pensionable first-time entrants to the public service.
Members of staff may join a group scheme for voluntary health insurance. Contributions can be deducted from salary.
We have a number of offices around the country so you may have the opportunity to be based in a location convenient to your home. Our head office is in Dublin with regional offices in Kilkenny, Waterford, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Sligo and Athlone.
As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to implement equal opportunities in all our employment policies and procedures.